Morrisons scrap Cumbernauld store plans

Written by Scott Campbell, Cumbernauld Media's Senior Reporter.

Published at 10:59 on 8 March 2015


The store plans have now been abandoned. Picture: Morrisons.

BRITISH supermarket chain Morrison’s has abandoned their plans to construct a brand new superstore next Westfield, in Cumbernauld.

Questions over whether the development was going ahead have been swirling around for months, after rumours started spreading that the proposals being mooted by Tesco to open a new store in Condorrat had ‘scared’ off Morrison’s. 

No confirmation was forthcoming, however, until this week, when the supermarket chain finally confirmed that they were no looking taking the plans forward.

The news that the firm were binning proposals for a 58,697 sq. ft Morrison’s store; a 6 pump Petrol Filling Station; a drive thru and a bar and/or restaurant is a devastating blow for Cumbernauld, with the loss of up to 400 prospective jobs. 

This week’s confirmation comes after elected members backed an in-principle planning application by the firm in May 2014 – backing which paved the way for the new store to potentially open in 2017, if everything was well-timed.

In confirming the unfortunate news, a spokesman for Morrison’s said: “Regrettably we have ended our involvement with the developer and as a result we will not continue with our plans for a new store in Cumbernauld.”

He added: “We understand that this is a disappointing outcome for shoppers following the level of support expressed for a new store and would like to thank the community for their support and patience."